Concert Review: Rach 3


Friday 26 August 2011
Esplanade Concert Hall
Orchestra of the Music Makers

Christopher Adey conductor

Albert Tiu piano

I love the opening.

It had always been my favourite bit of this concerto despite the fact that it had been so popularly accentuated.

Under the baton of the British conductor Christopher Adey, the Orchestra of the Music Makers, together with pianist Albert Tiu began the evening with thiswell-recognized and ever-popular opening melody of Rachmaninov.

A seat right below the piano had painted a more vivid experience of being lifted up, and taken off. Loved the way the piano soared under Tiu’s weighty yet padded and delicated touches.

With a varieties of touches, the pianist skillfully alternated between carving on the melody and running on the keys; between touches so feather-liked and so chunkily sized.

Fast and slow passages alike, they were soulfully painted and emotionally contained with a rare musical glitter.

Tiu, always known as a truly Romantic pianist, was able to strike a beautiful balance between being violently passionate and subtly passionate; as well as a balance between a hysteric passion and a delicate passion, a subtle element so important to this concerto, as many would tend to run on either side of the extremes.

The situation would have been more ideal if the orchestra could sing along with a more insistent and a more tightly-woven accompaniment.

In the second movement, however, the orchestra began to show more colours as they began with an alluring weepy opening. Piano then stomped in with charisma and marked each melodic line with extreme delicacy.

The image that came attached with the solo piano section was broad, spacious, and ideally elevating. Tiu’s style worked impeccably and had fully displayed his stunning virtuosity.

I was much more drawn into the third movements, especially towards the end of the concerto, when more dash and vigour were injected into the orchestra, which had, successfully added more devotion and urgency to round up the ending with the desired intensity and affection.

A concerto of brillance; A performance with style.

Written by Boon Sin Ler